kënnen

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Luxembourgish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old High German kunnan, from Proto-Germanic *kunnaną. Cognate with German können, Dutch kunnen, English can, Icelandic kunna.

Pronunciation[edit]

Verb[edit]

kënnen (third-person singular present kann, preterite konnt, past participle konnt or kënnen or kéinten, past subjunctive kéint or kënnt, auxiliary verb hunn)

  1. to be able to, can

Usage notes[edit]

  • The alternative past participles kéinten, kënnten are quite often used instead of an expected infinitive in perfect subjunctive constructions with another infinitive. Thus: Dat hätt ech kéinte maachen (“I could have done that.”) alongside more regular: Dat hätt ech kënne maachen.

Conjugation[edit]